Huntington fireworks rescheduled to Sunday July 5

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Volunteers prepare for the Huntington community fireworks show on Saturday, July 4. Pictured digging holes in a field behind Huntington North High School are (from left) Dan Fisher firewroks chairman, David Flint and Jocelyn Beemer. Rain Saturday afternoon and evening forced the postponement of the display until Sunday July 5.

Announce HD Parade winners

A float depicting images of past Huntington Heritage Days parades was one of the many entries in this year’s parade, held on Saturday, June 27.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of this year's Heritage Days Parade and the award sponsors.

They are:
Best Float: Parkview Huntington Hospital, sponsored by Brickhouse Grill.

Best Float, second place: Huntington County Council, sponsored by MarkleBank.

Best Float, third place: First Federal Savings Bank, sponsored by Huntington Theater.

Best Marching Band: Mizpah Shrine Bag Pipers, sponsored by VFW.

Best Marching Band, second place: Second Time Arounders, sponsored by Owen's South.

First property tax payment due july 20

The Huntington County treasurer's office announces that first installment of property taxes payable this year will be July 20.

The Huntington County property taxes have been mailed and taxpayers should have received them by the end of June.

The treasurer's office will be open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the Saturday before the tax due date, July 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Taxpayers may pay at several local banks in the county, by mail or in person at the courthouse on the first floor, room 104.

Dad's Ride proceeds presented to Gene Sheets

Representatives of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 present an 81st birthday card to Gene Sheets (second from left), recipient of funds raised by Dad’s Ride on June 20.
Photo provided.

Fifty motorcyclists took part in Dad's Ride on June 20, helping to raise $1,274 to assist a local veteran with medical expenses.

The money - along with a birthday card - was presented to Gene Sheets, of Huntington, who turned 80 two days after the ride, event organizer Curt VanOver reports.

Gloria Holzinger was the winner of a hand-made quilt raffled off as part of the event.

Warren's summer celebration opens with Jones Breakfast on Thursday

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The 2009 Salamonie Summer Festival will be held on July 2 through 5, in Warren.

To kick off the event, the annual Samuel L. Jones Pioneer Breakfast will be held at the Knight Bergman Center Thursday, July 2, at 7:30 a.m. It is sponsored by the Warren Chamber of Commerce.

Also on Thursday, a number of activities will take place at Tower Park.

The food court will be open from 5 to 11 p.m.

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Warren Sportsman Club will host an open house, which will include free fishing games for children.

Sewer construction starts on northeast side

A new phase of city sewer reconstruction will interrupt the flow of traffic on the northeast side of Huntington starting today.

"The month of July is going to be really ugly downtown," warns Dave Schoeff, assistant director of the city engineer's office.

The first phase of the sewer project played havoc with traffic around the City Building, Post Office and Huntington City-Township Public Library. Work in those areas is essentially complete, Schoeff says, except for paving.

Students will see some new teachers and staff members in schools this fall

Several staff changes were approved by the Huntington County Community School Cooperation Board of Trustees at its meetingon Monday, June 22

They include:
Certified resignations: Jennifer Caley, speech language pathologist from Huntington-Wells Special Services, and Joe O'Connell, math from Huntington North High School.

New certified staff: Melissa Blake, social studies for Riverview; Shoshannah McKinney, math for HNHS; Melanie Park, reading specialist for Riverview and Mycal Rodenbeck, social studies for Riverview.

Changes at HNHS could pave way for 'communities'

Possible renovations at Huntington North High School could pave the way for the creation of "small learning communities" at the school.

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, meeting on Monday, June 22, discussed basic maintenance needs at HNHS, such as heating and cooling in the gym and auditorium and air ducts and ventilation issues in the locker room areas.

In addition, the board is looking into creating "small learning communities."

United Way rewards local adult ed program with summer funding

The Huntington County Community School Cooperation's Adult Education program has been so successful that it has received a gift from United Way to continue operation through the month of July.

Adult and Continuing Education Director Steve Schenkel says the program receives funding from the state only for the fall and spring seasons, not summer. But because of the increase in participation, he says, he felt the need to continue through July, even though "July has always been an open month."

Anchor Room Bookstore to host release party for Rahn's new book

Dave Rahn
Photo provided.

The Anchor Room Bookstore in Fort Wayne will host a party today, June 29, celebrating the release of "Evangelism Remixed: Empowering Students for Courageous and Contagious Faith."

The book, to be released July 1, is co-authored by Dr. Dave Rahn, director of the graduate youth ministry leadership program at Huntington University, and Dr. Terry Linhart, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Bethel College.

The event, free and open the public, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at 4530 Lahmeyer Rd., Fort Wayne.

Registration near for Roanoke event

"A Renaissance in Roanoke" will take place Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown Roanoke.
Registration is due July 1 for local and regional artists wishing to participate.

The artists can display their original work on Main Street and can put their pieces up for sale. Live music and food will also provide entertainment. A Fall Farmers Market will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grant will fund fire education, prevention programs

Joseph R. Adams (right), engineering specialist with FM Global, presents a $1,000 check to (from left) Huntington firefighter Steve Gray and Huntington Fire Chief Matt Armstrong. The gift will be used for fire prevention efforts.
Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Fire Department has received a $1,000 fire prevention grant from FM Global, an insurer of large businesses. FM Global is based in Johnston, RI.

The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities by educating the community and reducing the number of fires.

Fires continue to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage worldwide, FM Global says, adding that the majority of that damage is preventable.

Cleaning up

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kim Hostetler (foreground) cuts down weeds as fellow volunteers wield rakes, lawnmowers and weed trimmers at an overgrown lot on Court Street Saturday, June 20. A group of volunteers organized by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development spent Saturday morning taming tall grass and weeds at five vacant homes and lots on Court, Leopold and First streets.

4-H fair animal pre-entry forms due by July 1

The Huntington County Extension Office reminds all 4-H members who plan to exhibit animals at the 79th Huntington County 4-H Fair that animal pre-entry forms are due no later than Tuesday, July 1 to the Purdue Extension - Huntington County Office.

Warren Tri Kappa awards five scholarships to area students

The Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa in Warren has awarded five scholarships to area students pursuing a higher education.

Winners of scholarships are:
Mahria Vance, daughter of Michael and Amy Vance, of Warren, graduated from Huntington North High School, where she was active in choir and Battle of the Bands. Vance is a 10-year 4-H member, a certified lifeguard and teaches guitar lessons. She plans to attend Ball State University to seek degrees in business and journalism.